What is Talmud Tweets?

What is Talmud Tweets? A short, personal take on a page of Talmud - every day!

For several years now, I have been following the tradition of "Daf Yomi" - reading a set page of Talmud daily. With the start of a new 7 1/2 year cycle, I thought I would share a taste of what the Talmud offers, with a bit of personal commentary included. The idea is not to give a scholarly explanation. Rather, it is for those new to Talmud to give a little taste - a tweet, as it were - of the richness of this text and dialogue it contains. The Talmud is a window into a style of thinking as well as the world as it changed over the centuries of its compilation.

These are not literal "tweets" - I don't limit myself to 140 characters. Rather, these are intended to be short, quick takes - focusing in on one part of a much richer discussion. Hopefully, I will pique your interest. As Hillel says: "Go and study it!" (Shabbat 31a)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Berachot 47 - Can I Get An "Amen"?

“Our Rabbis taught: The Amen uttered in response [to the benediction before a meal] should be neither hurried nor curtailed nor orphaned, nor should one hurl the blessing, as it were, out of his mouth.”

That is to say, saying “Amen” is like saying the blessing itself. It should not be rushed or slurred - for example by missing the first letter, or cut short - by not pronouncing the last letter. It should not be said by someone who didn’t actually hear the blessing, but is only hearing other people saying “Amen.” Nor should it be a “throw away.” 

We take our prayers seriously, we take our responses seriously.


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